29 May 2018

Telkom grows mobile as voice falls

The telecoms group invested R7.9 billion in capex last year as it grows its mobile and fibre network.

Fall-off in state business hits Reunert

The ICT and electronics group says there’s been an unprecedented reduction in demand from SOEs and municipalities.

Laas muzzled over ATON takeover offer

ATON has also been told to make a mandatory R17 per share offer to Murray & Roberts’ shareholders.

AMSA offloads Macsteel stake for $220 million

The sale price implies that ArcelorMittal SA’s stake in Macsteel International is worth more than its entire market capitalisation.

Tongaat pushes for stronger tariff implementation

The sugar producer faced unfair competition from imports after the government failed to put proper safeguards in place.

The Week Ahead of 29 May 2018

#ChrisGilmour: The SA Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee decided last week to keep the repo rate on hold at 6.5%. Although this was widely anticipated, SARB...

28 May 2018

STAR drops Steinhoff guarantee bombshell

The African retail giant says it will report lower first-half earnings after making provisions to deal with Steinhoff’s collapsing share price.

ATON’s Murray bid could signal game over for Aveng

The German group has bought more shares in Murray & Roberts at R17 each and is now obliged to increase its offer to minorities.

Sygnia targets cryptocurrency market

The fund manager says the market for virtual currencies is evolving at a rapid pace, attracting both domestic and international flows.

Hulamin left reeling by robust rand

The rand’s strength at the beginning of the year and so-called metal price lag will more than halve Hulamin’s first-half earnings.

Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation: Godfrey Lebeya, Hawks' new boss, is bad news for organised crime

The welcome announcement on Thursday of the appointment of Dr Seswantsho Godfrey Lebeya to head the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) comes at a...

North Korea still open to US talks despite Trump summit cancellation

North Korea said Friday it was still willing to talk to the United States after President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled a summit between the two countries, a...

25 May 2018

Swiss business injures Mediclinic

Conditions for the private hospitals group have improved in the Middle East but Switzerland is now in need of resuscitation.

TFG sinks on weak profit growth

The retail group says consumer and business confidence have been hampered by economic and political uncertainty, here and in the UK.

Fast food slows down for Famous Brands

The group believes that its long-term investment strategy in the UK was sound and that Gourmet Burger Kitchen will add value in time.

Tiger Brands earnings hit by listeriosis outbreak

The group says the factories where its value-added meat products are made will be closed for most of the remainder of its financial year.

Massmart slumps on profit warning

The group expects to report a fall in earnings before interest and tax due to flat sales and an organisational restructuring.

Sport in an INCEtant! 25 May 2018

My stand out moment of last week has to be Hayden Parker’s last minute drop-kick which gave the Sunwolves a shock victory against the Stormers.

Who’s doing what in the South African & African M&A space?

KAP Industrial has reached an agreement with Sakhumzi Foundation Empowerment Trust and the FWG Pieters Trust in terms of which the two companies will subscribe for...

Corporate finance activity of the week

ATON has acquired an additional 6,600 Murray & Roberts (M&R) shares on the open market at R15.00 per share as per the scheme of arrangement.

Thorts - Potential for solid M&A activity uptick

Against this backdrop, global interest in, and activity around, M&A deals in SA and into Africa increased fairly significantly in the first few months of 2018.

24 May 2018

STAR repays Steinhoff loans

The Africa-focused retail giant raised R18 billion in new financing from local banks and will use R2 billion to fund its operations.

Reinet’s NAV falls on BAT share price dip

Reinet says it continues to take comfort from BAT’s underlying financial results, dividend flows and future prospects.

Tsogo places its chips on an economic recovery

The hotel and casino operator says its underlying operations remain highly geared towards the SA consumer and the corporate market.

Lewis gains momentum

The furniture retailer expects sales to continue improving, helped by a favourable court ruling on affordability assessment regulations.

US to impose ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday warned Tehran would be hit with the "strongest sanctions in history" and cautioned European firms against continuing to...

OP-ED: Willemse vs Mallett is but a symptom - we must open rugby to millions

Beyond the walkout that played out on live TV over the weekend, it's time for some introspection about South African rugby's institutional framework that's largely set...

Lowe's (LOW); a solid stock for the Dividend Growth Investor

Lowe’s share price has fallen 20% this year This stock is worth looking at for inclusion in a long-term growth portfolio...

23 May 2018

Coronation looks for opportunities in flat market

Assets under management have declined, partly due to the structural problems of anaemic employment numbers and retrenchments in the formal sector

Resilient’s NAV rises on restated accounts

The real estate investment trust has restated its half-year numbers after taking legal advice on how to account for its education trusts.

Woolworths shakes things up down under

The retailer has streamlined its management structured in Australia and discontinued the role of regional CEO after a poor performance from David Jones.

Rhodes in a pickle over strong rand

The rand’s strength this year combined with the ongoing drought in the Western Cape and its Ma Baker acquisition have eaten into first-half earnings.

Nerina Visser from etfSA on Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Stephen Gunnion spoke to Nerina Visser, a director at etfSA and one of the doyens of ETFs in South Africa. She’s an expert and a big...

Trencor hit by container impairment

The group has reported a much improved operating result but had to impair the value of its container fleets resulting in a net loss.

Verimark rings up higher sales

The direct-response retailer says it will also re-enter the international market but it will take time to achieve a return on its investment.

Daily News: ANC plans to put Constitution to the test by expropriating land without compensation

The ANC's land summit has recommended that the state begin expropriating land without compensation immediately to test the limits of Section 25 of the Constitution. The...

To get the economy under way, first we'll have to break up Transnet

If it wants to grow, South Africa has to mine more minerals, grow more agricultural produce, manufacture products and export them as cheaply and efficiently as...

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